Architecture projects win statewide awards


A partial rendering of the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at GRCC in Grand Rapids. Courtesy AIA Michigan

A group of local firms and projects recently won statewide awards from an association of architects.

Grand Rapids-based Progressive AE won the 2018 American Institute of Architects Michigan Firm of the Year Award at the annual Design Awards Celebration on June 8 in Detroit at the Roostertail in Detroit.

The award recognizes an organization of architects who have consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

In granting the award, AIA Michigan said, “Progressive AE has provided innovative and sustainable architectural and engineering services for more than 55 years. The firm is guided by a fundamental and forward-thinking philosophy that design should drive organizational performance.”

AIA Michigan also presented the Design Award to two Grand Rapids projects: Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College won in the building category, and the Ford airport Viewing Pavilion won in the low budget/small project category.

Projects were judged by a jury out of New York City, chaired by Katherine Chia, FAIA, of Desai Chia Architecture.

The Business Journal previously covered Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory when it opened in January 2017. The $7.2-million project for GRCC was designed by Farmington Hills-based Stantec Architecture and built by Rockford Construction out of Grand Rapids.

“This assemblage elevates architecture for children, offering a wealth of space and finely detailed learning environments,” the jury said.

The single-story school is divided into two halves joined by a community space — one side for preschoolers and one side for infants and toddlers.

The building also provides classroom space and observation booths on both sides for GRCC child development and education students, as well as faculty offices, private meeting rooms and space for community gatherings.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport unveiled its new viewing pavilion, part of a $1.1-million renovation, in July 2017, the Business Journal previously reported.

“This simple and expressive pavilion provides a serene viewing platform beneath a soaring dynamic platform,” the jury said.

Mathison | Mathison Architects designed the new pavilion, and Owen-Aimes-Kimball was the general contractor. Both firms are based in Grand Rapids.

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